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PhD topics for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD topics.

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Eliminating avoidable single-use plastic packaging in the UK
In the UK, the plastics industry places approximately 5 million tonnes of plastics onto the UK market each year, of which approximately 2.2 million tonnes is packaging. Most of the plastic packaging w...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Neural basis of perceptual expertise in sport
Functional neuroimaging studies in our laboratory have, over the last decade, identified neural correlates of perceptual expertise in sports including tennis, badminton, football and hockey. They have...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Modelling the t(6:9) translocation and MYB-NFIB gene fusion using the Crispr/Cas9 technology: implications for adenoid cystic carcinoma.
Recent advances in genomic technologies have revealed frequent MYB rearrangements in human malignancies. MYB, MYBL1 and MYBL2 belong to a small gene family encoding transcription factors whose role in...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Regulation of Brk/PTK6 Expression in Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Brk/PTK6 is an intracellular tyrosine kinase whose expression is up-regulated in many breast cancers and high expression has been linked to higher tumour grade. It has been shown to potentiate EGF, IG...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Contextual influences on the success of self-management post stroke
Health reform has led to a prioritisation of self-management, a means whereby people with long term conditions are helped to develop the skills and behaviours required to manage the long term effects ...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Concrete 3D printing
The four key characteristics of the fresh concrete relevant to 3D printing are: (1) Pumpability: the ease and reliability with which material is moved through the delivery system; (2) Printability: th...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Multitasking abilities – Are computerised laboratory tasks predictive of real-world tasks?
Multitasking, i.e. the concurrent performance of two or more tasks, has been investigated in many different domains. In Cognitive Psychology, experimental paradigms such as the task switching paradigm...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Interplay between psychological processes and cultural contexts
Much of the psychological literature is based on the research findings from Western cultures, and we cannot assume that such psychological findings can be generalized to people in non-Western cultures...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Inducing the reversal of cellular ageing in model cell systems
As normal cells age they can only go through a finite number of cell divisions. Once they have achieved this they become irreversibly growth arrested known as replicative senescence. The transcriptome...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Understanding effects and mechanisms of anti-depressant drug pollution on molluscs
Pharmaceuticals, persisting in the environment are becoming a growing concern for wildlife health.  Antidepressants act by modulating the action of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Because many bi...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded